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Kay Kostopoulos, Stanford in New York

Kay Kostopoulos directs and teaches acting, acting pedagogy, musical theater, voice, speech, and Shakespeare in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) and Continuing Studies Program at Stanford University. She teaches “Acting with Power” at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and has coached for the Knight Fellows Journalism Program, the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and the Department of English. Kay has created and directed many training programs for Stanford’s School of Medicine.  

She has also taught private seminars for Apple, Twitter, Airbnb, Genentech, Cisco, Sony Pictures, Hitachi, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Lippincott, Ernst and Young, First Republic, Stanford’s Executive Program for Women and Women in Entrepreneurship Program, eBay’s Global Women’s Conference and Women In Cable Telecommunications.  Her work has been featured in “O” magazine. and she has been featured on NPR’s  Philosophy Talk radio program for her work on understanding facial emotions in the treatment of Autism.  

Kay is an MFA graduate of American Conservatory Theatre, where she taught acting and directed student projects as a core faculty member of A.C.T.’s Advanced Training Program. She has taught “Acting for Teachers” at Dominican University and acting and directing at City College of San Francisco, Vector Theatre Conservatory, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, and DeAnza College. She served as Education Director at The California Shakespeare Festival. At Stanford, Kay performed the voices of Athena, Penelope, Circe, Calypso, and Helen in “Encountering Homer’s Odyssey,” an online classics program through the Stanford/Princeton/Yale Alliance. She has directed and performed in educational projects for Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program, including the Emily Dickinson, William Saroyan, and Charles Darwin Centennials. Kay has acted in many Bay Area and regional theaters, including A.C.T., the Magic Theatre, the San Francisco and California Shakespeare Festivals, and Stanford Summer Theatre. She has additional credits in voiceover, film, and television and performs throughout the Bay Area with her music ensemble, Black Olive Jazz.